Report from the London Design Festival

Report from the London Design Festival

I’m afraid, dear readers, you will have to wait until my return to read about my fabulous adventures here at the London Design Festival. I unfortunately lost my laptop in transit and have not been able to post or obviously upload any photos. Needless to say, this has been a frustrating experience but please know that I will have much to report next week. It is been a nonstop frenzy of visual and conceptual stimulation. If you are on twitter, you can follow along at the hashtag #BlogTour2011. So – off to meet the members of SBID this morning. Cheerio and talk to you soon!!…

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Creative Collaboration: Legos in London

Creative Collaboration: Legos in London

My love for legos is no secret. I have written about them before here and people who know me understand my mild obsession admiration for this incredibly clever and creative product. Did you know that since their introduction in 1949, legos have become the most popular toy in history? Clearly I am not alone, for it seems lately the fervor for legos has spread more widely throughout the artistic community, culminating with this current ambitious creation, the “LEGO Greenhouse”. A large scale installation in Convent Garden, this is the first fully functioning greenhouse built entirely from LEGO bricks.

LEGO UK commissioned designer, Sebastian Bergne, to create a lego installation as part of the London Design Festival 2011.…

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Hanging out at Fashion Week – the Mercedes Benz Star Lounge

Hanging out at Fashion Week – the Mercedes Benz Star Lounge

I’m always amazed by all the towering shoes I see at Fashion Week. Between waiting for shows and standing in line, there’s a fair amount of time on your feet. So it’s terrific to have a place to sit, relax, have a drink and regroup. The Mercedes Benz Star Lounge is just such a spot. This year the space was designed by Wesley Cadle, who I had the pleasure of meeting in his space.

Cadle is the perfect southern gentleman and was generous enough to take a few moments to discuss his vision for the room. Like many of the spring collections’ designers, he was inspired by the elegance of the past.…

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Fashion Week Spring 2012 – CHADO Ralph Rucci

Fashion Week Spring 2012 – CHADO Ralph Rucci

CHADO Ralph Rucci’s Spring 2012 collection was nothing short of breathtaking. It is in a league of its own.  The gorgeous fabrics and incredible workmanship really qualify it as more of a couture collection in my eyes. And Rucci has a loyal following of women who are willing and able to pay for it – think Deeda Blair, Iris Apfel, Jamie Gregory, Charlotte Moss, Carmen Dell’Orefice and Whoopi Goldberg, all at the show. My view of the front row with Bill Cunningham and Hamish Bowles.

“Chado” is the name of the ancient Japanese tea ceremony, the essence of which is respect, tranquility, grace, and integrity.…

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Fashion Week Spring 2012 – J. Mendel

Fashion Week Spring 2012 – J. Mendel

I’m always interested in the synergy between different design venues, so I was very curious when Gilles Mendel cited Dorothy Draper as his inspiration for his Spring 2012 collection. “I approached my collection much like the way Ms. Draper approached designing a grand space. I combined the bold with the elegant to make easy sensual clothing that would suit the chic lifestyle of my clients.” And chic they are indeed. Sitting across from me were Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, whose The Row collection is one of my favorites.

The show started with an obvious nod to Draper’s strong contrasting interiors, such as her 1954 design for the Essex Hotel in New York.…

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Fashion Week Spring 2012 – Michael Kors

Fashion Week Spring 2012 – Michael Kors

Although we’re anticipating fall soon, this week in NYC was all about spring. Yesterday I attended some of the Spring 2012 shows at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. After several seasons now at Lincoln Center, the producers of the event, IMG, really have it down pat. Everything seemed to move like clockwork.

First on the agenda for me was Michael Kors. You can always count on him for some version of classic glamour. The inspiration for this show was “memories of Africa” done the Michael way – “the rustic modernism of the Lebombo Lodge…soft djellabas and caftans…raw beauty… artisanal textures…earth tones of limestone, olive and clay…” And if this is his vision of a trip to Africa, sign me up!…

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Wednesday Wine

Wednesday Wine

Today we get to tag along with Terry as she had a marvelous dinner with Paul Hobbs, one of the superstars of the wine world.

photo: John McJunkin

I have known Paul Hobbs for as many years as he has been making his wines in California. He is one of hte most serious winery owners and wine makers in the world. He not only has a claim to fame in California, but also has so much consulting work that he does in South America. 

Photo: Michael Harlan Turkell

Last week Paul Hobbs was in New York at one of my favorite restaurants  – Park Avenue Autumn. …

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Brimfield Bounty 2

Brimfield Bounty 2

As a neophyte Brimfield attendee, I must admit the enormity of the event was a tad overwhelming. Luckily, after checking in at the Brimfield Tweet Up VIP tent, Michael Diver, the managing editor of Traditional Home, kindly invited me to tag along with him and Doris Athinios, Senior Art and Antiques Editor to the J&J field, the original, largest and widely considered premier show at Brimfield. Run by Jill Reid Lukesh and Judith Reid Mathieu, J&J shows on the original field where their father, Gordon Reid, began Brimfield in 1959. I wish I had allowed more time to peruse the amazing offerings at this location.…

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Brimfield Bounty

Brimfield Bounty

I had heard about the fabulous antiques venue at Brimfield for years and last week, for the first time, was able to experience it myself. Cynthia Bogart of The Daily Basics and Gretchen Aubuchon of Gretchen Aubuchon Design (below) organized, for the second time, a marvelous event for bloggers and designers at the fair. Supported by wonderful sponsors, Benjamin Moore, Company C, Pandora de Balthazár, GE Monogram and Aubuchon Hardware and media partners Better Homes and Gardens and Traditional Home, they had a VIP tent where we could relax, enjoy demonstrations, participate in contests, meet fellow participants and even have a drink!!…

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We Will Never Forget

We Will Never Forget

photo by Thomas E. Franklin for The Bergen Record

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